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Reading between the lines for a solution to burnout

Bernard, Kari PA-C; McMoon, Michelle PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: September 2019 - Volume 32 - Issue 9 - p 48–50
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000578776.46804.be
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ABSTRACT Physician assistants (PAs) have historically reported high levels of professional satisfaction, but emerging research indicates increasing levels of professional burnout. This article explores burnout interventions in the literature and their usefulness to PAs. We propose that PAs and leaders of the profession must acknowledge and assess the phenomenon of burnout through standardized measurement at the population level, be mindful of personal boundaries in order to maintain a healthy work life balance, and commit to creating an organizational culture that sustains overall clinician well-being and fosters PA engagement.

Kari Bernard is the Anchorage (Alaska) campus director of the University of Washington's MEDEX Northwest PA Program, and practices in the Fast Track of the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Michelle McMoon is director of advanced practice and director of nutrition services at Duke University Health System's Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, N.C. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Copyright © 2019 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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